Sunday, November 2, 2014

Well Hello There!

I've had many people ask me if this blog is still active. I try to get back to as many people as I can and answer their questions. Unfortunately I've not been able to respond as much as I'd like because my days are pretty busy taking care of my lovely 2 year old daughter and I just gave birth to a second daughter in August! Thankfully I had another wonderful,healthy pregnancy! My thyroid was recently checked and all my numbers are still right where they should be and I'm feeling very well. I still take all the supplements I mention in this blog and I stay away from cow's milk! I've had a few people mention that they thought this blog was run by someone who is trying to sell supplements because I've posted links to where I buy mine. I do NOT sell supplements. I do buy from Swansons because I love their products and prices. I hope that this blog continues to help and inspire people. I'm sorry if I haven't been able to answer everyone's question. There is a wonderful women that is doing amazing things when it comes to helping people with Hashimoto's disease who may be able to help you if you are reading this blog. Give it a look!


  1. Hi Crystal,
    Great to hear from you again, and congratulations on your new baby!
    You mentioned that you still avoid cow's milk.
    Do you consume goat milk or cheese or sheep milk instead, or do you avoid those as well?
    Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Crystal, I wanted to write to you and give you a big THANKS because I've been following what you have described in your blog and have gotten my TSH down to 2.5 from 5 & TgAb antibodies down to 100 from 500 in about four months! May God bless you for all of the help you have done for others fighting this obnoxious disorder! I believe you also inspired Dr. Wentz and who knows how many people she has helped... that's a lot of blessing right there!

    Anyways, I had a few questions for you...
    1) I believe you healed leaky gut just by taking pro-biotics consistently, right? I know that I have leaky gut, a mild parasite (blastocystis), and too much yeast (candida I believe). Part of me thinks that perhaps just taking pro-biotiics and sticking to a healthy diet can solve the problems over the long term... I am a bit wary of taking herbs/prescriptions that might upset my stomach lining and/or gut flora.... what are your thoughts if any? What pro-biotic did you use?
    2) I believe in the healing process you avoided iodine supplements/salt, sodium fluoride (what reverse osmosis filter did you use? You mentioned you got one for the shower too, what brand?), gluten (for just six months, correct?), dairy, and soy. You also mentioned that you stayed away from 'immune boosting supplements', I believe you are referring to herbs that people use to boost their immune system, adrenals, and thyroids, right? What herbs would you say are controversial and should be avoided?
    3) So you did end up returning gluten to your diet, right? Do you think that was after you healed your leaky gut?

    Just wanted to say THANKS!!! again,


  3. Hi,

    I find your blog really interesting.

    I've suffered with hypothyroidism on and off for 10 years. I've suffered with it after having each of my children. After having my first two my thyroid 'sorted itself out' and I was able to come off medication. However since having my third child 5 years ago my thyroid has never recovered and have been on Levo since. I'm so frustrated at going along with what the doctors told me, that the way to treat it is by taking Levo and because I've got antibodies I would just have to let nature take its course. I have only just recently spent time researching this (hours and hours!!!). Do you think it's possible to achieve what you have after being on Levo for 5 years?

    Many thanks

    1. thank you for writing me! Yes I do believe that you can get off thyroid medication after five years! I know people that have been on thyroid medication for 30 years that have been able to go off of their medication once they have changed their diet and taking the proper vitamins and supplements to support their thyroid. I have read some very interesting articles about how thyroid tissue can actually repair itself once you get rid of the TPO antibodies. Once you have found out what is causing the Hashimoto's disease and inflammation of the thyroid you can eliminate the foods that are causing it and let your thyroid repair. I don't suggest going off your medicine right away. You need to first change your diet and take the proper supplements and be tested to make sure that your numbers are going back to normal before you start slowly reducing your medication dose. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi - I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in Feb 2014. I was then diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis a couple months later. I was on the search for an all natural remedy to this. The meds the doctor gave me for the Hepatitis made me feel worse even though my bloodwork came back normal from it. I was tired of being sick and I am only 35 trying to take care of my two young boys was a struggle. God led me to a natural cure for autoimmune diseases. I have only been on it for 4 months. I took myself off the medication the liver doctor put me on and started taking this supplement and have been cured of my autoimmune hepatitis. Blood work normal- no more symptoms! Praise God! It has now started to lower my thyroid levels too. It is called Digestaqure. Thought I would share this information with you. I had found your website when I was first diagnosed and just came across it cleaning up my saved websites. :) gina

  5. Dear Crystal,

    1. First of all I would like to mention that you are the only person I've found on the Internet that doesn't want to sell a book, or a magic potion, so basically who doesn't make money out of this illness. You have my 100% credibility. I bow in front of you. You've had the power to fight a disease and succeeded, and now you voluntarily want to help others too.

    2. Unfortunately I can't say I'm as strong as you are. I've been taking levo for 8 months now I absolutely hate it. But the truth is, before meds life was even worse. I was so tired, that I used to grab objects and didn't have the energy to hold them, so I would immediately drop them. My husband just thought I was clumsy. What hurts more than the disease is the fact that my husband just thinks that I've just become a lazy person. It's hard for him, a person who never had a cold in his life, and who runs at mountain marathons, to understand that someone can't even hold a plate in her hand without dropping it. Sometimes I think, if this will only get worse (as doctors say) I don't want to live like this.

    3. I'm a Hasimoto too with lots of antibodies (anti-tpo 1300) and to top it all I have PCOS too. Anyway, your story gave me a ray of hope. I will try the guten-free diet first, then the dairy-free one, then I'll test for mercury, then I don't know. I hope to come back to you with good news.

  6. Hi hello! Thank you for writing me and telling me your story. I am so sorry that you're going through this and I'm glad that my blog has giving you some hope. I know how horrible this diseases. To be honest making all the lifestyle changes I have mentioned in this blog can be very difficult at times, and to be honest I have not always been perfect at staying off dairy as I should! When I don't stick to my healthy diet and taking my supplements it does affect my thyroid test negatively, but as soon as I go strict back off dairy and taking my supplements, all my thyroid test go back to normal. May I suggest that the first thing you do is cut all of the dairy out of your diet. The second thing to do is make sure that you are taking 200mcg of Selenium and 400IU of vitamin E daily right after breakfast! Make sure you don't mix it with any other vitamins or supplements. You can take it with your thyroid medication. These are the two things that helped me the most with overcoming Hashimoto's disease. Hope this helps you if you have any further questions feel free to write me.

  7. Hi Crystal. I have just been diagnosed with Hashimoto's - antibodies over 1000 and TSH 6.13 but T3 and T4 are within normal range. I am 41 and was hoping to have a child and was told the only way was to take the T4 medication to get TSH under 2.5. But I feel quite overwhelmed and saddened by all the information I have read on the internet and potential for an autistic child and side effects of medication. I am borderline hypo being under TSH 10 so I think I would like to address the antibodies more before taking the medication. Could you please share the exact daily vitamin regime you take as finding your blog has given me hope to beat this naturally. Also did you take T4 medication for any period of time? Did you alter sleep and exercise patterns too? Thank you very much for your help - I really appreciate it.

  8. Hi Crystal,

    I hope you are still checking this blog. Like Ana-Ligia said, you are the only person I've found on the Internet that doesn't want to sell a book, or a magic potion, so basically who doesn't make money out of this illness. I really need your help. Can I write to you in email in private? I am really devastated by hashimoto and feel very depressed at the moment. Please do let me know if you see this. Thank you.

  9. Hi Crystal, I found your blog through Isabella Wentz' blog. Thank you for sharing your story, and congratulations on having put your Hashimoto's into remission. My son, who is now 13, was diagnosed with Hashimoto's when he was 12. It was horrible and his diagnosis story is a long one. Anyway, we went gluten free and actually went on the Paleo autoimmune protocol for a long time. He also started taking levoythyroxine because he had developed hypothyroidism and was very sick and missing a lot of school. We've continued with the gluten free diet and eat a mostly paleo diet, although it's hard, especially for kids, and so dairy, rice and occasionally things like corn starch creep back into our diets. To make matters worse now, my 16 year old daughter has tested positive for elevated TPO antibodies. I feel so discouraged right now, but my goal for both of my kids is to put this into remission. I am going to cut dairy out for a while and try to reintroduce it to them in about 3 weeks to see if that is triggering their autoimmune response. Besides cutting out dairy, have you had to eliminate any other foods? I know you've written that you are allergic to dairy, but is it an actual food allergy or an intolerance? Thank you again for sharing your story. I don't know if you every check your blog comments any more, but I hope that you will reply. :)

    Thank you,

  10. Oh, I'm also giving my kids selenium 200 mcg's but will add in the vit. E and I'm also going to try the zinc, copper and B12.